Really, it's about the people. Kara DeFrias works at the intersection of technology and experience design, and can be found speaking internationally on the human aspects of tech and UX.

Kara's worked in a number of industries. It's not that she gets bored, she just wants to try everything. #ItsABigWorld

President-Barack-Obama-Kara-DeFrias

GOVERNMENT

Kara served as Director of Experience Design for Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Prior to that she was Senior Advisor at 18F, where she provided counsel to the exec director and senior leadership team, and focused on org culture. As part of the inaugural class of 18 Presidential Innovation Fellows, Kara served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence, reimagining the relationship between the government and the people from a technology perspective.

Kara-DeFrias-TEDx

ENTERTAINMENT

Kara's first gig in Hollywood was the Oscars, where both her theatre degree and Jersey driving skills came in handy in Los Angeles. She went on to work on the Emmys, an NBC/DreamWorks pilot, and at the Geffen Playhouse for the likes of Gil Cates and Don Mischer. (She also appeared—most notably, or forgettably, depending on your point of view—on an episode of Glee.) After founding TEDxIntuit, she's gone on to executive produce and direct numerous TEDx events.

Kara-DeFrias-Oscars-Academy-Awards
Philadelphia-Phillies-Philly-Phanatic

PROfessional SPORTS

From working on the Women's World Cup press operations team to US Soccer game operations to production of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, if there's a large, complex live event with 1,000 moving parts, you can bet Kara will be there in the center of it all directing traffic. Bonus points for hitting all the broadcast commercial cues. Fun fact: As Community Relations Manager for San Diego's pro soccer team, she wore the mascot costume. Once.

Kara-DeFrias-super-bowl-37-logo.png
 

WRITING + SPEAKING

Care-And-Feeding-Of-Humans-Kara-DeFrias.png

The product manager’s guide to the care and feeding of humans

We have red, yellow, and green color-coded milestones that let us know project progress and what level of panic we should be in. But what about the wellness of the team? Let’s talk about the care + feeding of the humans.

 
white-house-cancer-moonshot-graphic-recording

Designing the intersection of government, cancer, and the people

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama called on Vice President Biden to lead a new initiative: the Cancer Moonshot. Here's how this ambitious project engaged stakeholders and users throughout the process.

 

#HackForChange: Kara demonstrates protosketching, an agile software development technique for rapid prototyping. "From markers to code in less than an hour" at Open San Diego's National Day of Civic Hacking.